Soccer Heads to Evansville Friday

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Sept. 6, 2017



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OXFORD, Ohio - Following three-straight at home, the Miami soccer team is about to be a well-traveled bunch over the next month.

The RedHawks (0-5) head to Evansville on Friday night (6:30 p.m. ET) for a clash against the Purple Aces. That match will be the first of four straight road tilts for MU.

Miami played just once last weekend, hosting Big Ten foe Illinois and dropping a 1-0 decision to the Fighting Illini. Goalkeeper Patricia Koutoulas had her finest performance of the season by making a career-high 10 saves to keep the Red and White in the contest throughout. The Red and White are looking to stabilize their possession game a bit as they have been outshot in four of their first five matches and 86-41 overall on the young season.

Evansville (2-4) dropped both of its tilts last weekend, including a home match against Illinois (2-1 in overtime) last Thursday followed by a 4-1 defeat at Western Kentucky on Sunday. The Purple Aces have been outshot by an 85-48 margin for the year. Individually, UE is paced offensively by Nicki Baham's five points (2 goals and 1 assist) while Michaela Till has started all six of Evansville's matches in goal and responded with a 1.58 goals against average and .667 save percentage.

Live stats will be available for Friday's contest courtesy of StatBroadcast. MiamiRedHawks.com will provide a full recap of the match following its completion.

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Miami vs. Opponent: The RedHawks are 2-3 all-time against the Purple Aces and Friday night will mark the third-straight year the teams have met. UE has won both of those meetings, a 2-1 win in Evansville in 2015 and a 2-0 victory in Oxford last season.

Slow Starts: One thing plaguing Miami in its 0-5 start is the fact that it has allowed the first goal every time out, with a lot of the damage coming early. Seven of the 10 goals MU has allowed have come in the first half and the team has allowed a first-half goal in four of its five contests.

Young `Hawks: Of the 29 players on Miami's roster, 15 are new to the Red & White as the team boasts 13 true freshmen (t-second most in the country), one redshirt freshman and a sophomore transfer.

Hugh Knows Miami: Even though nobody besides Bobby Kramig had coached Miami soccer since its inception in 1997, interim head coach Hugh Seyfarth is no stranger to the program, serving as an assistant coach over some of the team's most successful seasons as he enters his 12th season at Miami. Collectively, the RedHawks are 128-78-21 with Seyfarth on staff, winning three MAC Tournaments, one MAC regular season title and making three NCAA Tournament appearances with two victories.